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World Smile Day: Who makes our list of smiling sport stars?

| 07.10.2016

It’s World Smile Day! While many of us will be twiddling our thumbs waiting for the England game to start on Saturday evening, we thought we’d cheer you all up by compiling a list of five of the best smiles in sport.

And what better place to start than with everyone’s favourite German?

Jurgen Klopp

Top scorers in the Premier League, two cup finals last year and mounting a title challenge this time out, Klopp certainly has a lot to smile about at Liverpool.

FLEETWOOD, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Fleetwood Town and Liverpool at Highbury Stadium on July 13, 2016 in Fleetwood, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Just look at that beam. It’s like a ray of sunshine on a winter’s day.

Chris Kamara

It’s no surprise that one of Ladbrokes’ very own made the list, and it’s easy to see why…


Here he is, showing off his gnashers.

Usain Bolt

He has one of the most recognisable faces on the planet. No wonder he’s found the perfect pose then, as this picture shows…

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29: Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line to win gold in the Men's 4x100 Metres Relay final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

In fact, he loves smiling that much, he even found the time to pull out a signature grin mid-race back at this year’s Olympics. Unbelievable.

Daniel Ricciardo

There are certain faces that just cheer you up, whatever mood you’re in. And Formula One race driver Daniel Ricciardo certainly has one of them…

SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 06: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing in the garage during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 6, 2016 in Suzuka. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Probably the happiest man ever to have stepped foot in an F1 car, we had to make room for Ricciardo here.

And finally…

How can we leave out this happy fella? The aptly named Charismatic, winner of the 1999 Kentucky Derby.

ELMONT, UNITED STATES: Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic bares his teeth as he is bathed by groomer Caesar Arredondo (L) at Belmont Racetrack 02 June, 1999 in Elmont, NY. Charismatic, who is trained by D. Wayne Lukas, will attempt to win the Triple Crown Saturday 05 June, 1999, and will start from the fourth position. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)

That’s one happy horse.

Enjoy your weekend, folks. And even if you don’t, at least try to smile…

Who do you think is a big sporting smiler? Let us know @Ladbrokes with #WorldSmileDay.

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Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.